The weatherman is anticipating 5 to 8 inches! And I am anticipating staying indoors today! I do have to tell you that instead of drinking a cup of tea while I am writing, I opted for a cup of hot chocolate instead! It seems like the perfect way to start the day! My goal today Ellie is to start organizing the dozens upon dozens of picture albums I have stored under the basement steps and also the bins upon bins of loose pictures too! I pulled them all out the other day and placed them on the floor in the middle of the family room. And just to give you a picture idea of just how many pictures there actually are…. Let’s just say that anyone entering the basement wouldn’t know we even had a family room because it is hidden around a mountain of photos! Every time I walk down there I feel like hyperventilating so I find an excuse to go back upstairs again! Oh Ellie, I wish you and your mommy were here to help me sort through the piles. It could be fun walking down memory lane!
Another Halloween memory I have Ellie is of your mommy and your Uncle Ryan when they were about 5 and 3 years of age. Instead of buying store bought costumes that year, I came up with a very creative homemade idea! I dressed them up as Christmas presents using cardboard boxes.
There was one slight problem though… your Uncle Ryan’s arms were a little too short and the cardboard armholes that I cut out of the box dug into his arms causing him to whine a little bit. Thankfully we lived in a row house meaning that all the houses we would be visiting were connected to each other, so trick-or-treating and filling their pumpkins with lots of candy did not take long at all! Your mommy was the better trooper that year, but I think that is because she loved being the center of attention! I have to admit Ellie; they were the cutest Christmas presents ever! Now Poppy and I stay home each year to give out candy to the neighborhood children… and just so you know, Poppy makes sure I only buy the GOOD candy-bars and they have to be the BIG ones too! Like everything else, Poppy is very generous! I think he must have seen in his trick-or-treating younger years one candy too many which fell under the category of: not chocolate, very miniature, yucky tasting, and the no one ever eats kind of candy in his bag!
I don’t know why, but I always found that to be creep-crawly yucky! Scooping out and possibly touching all those slimy pumpkin seeds skived me out a bit! So I would try my hardest to convince your mommy and Uncle Ryan that drawing faces with magic markers on the pumpkins was a much better way to show their artistic creativity and better yet, their pumpkins would not rot as fast! It worked for a few years. And once they were old enough to be on their own… I drove right to Michael’s Craft Store and bought the everlasting kind of pumpkins! Yep. Fake ones! Ellie, they are the best as they do not lose their perfect shape, their perfect color and never rot! They also store nicely in the attic so I am saving money year after year. Poppy calls this ‘cheap’ but I don’t listen!!